Diddling with Edgar Allan Poe

From "Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences," (a mock scientific treatise) by Edgar Allan Poe:

A crow thieves; a fox cheats; a weasel outwits; a man diddles. To diddle is his destiny....Diddling, rightly considered, is a compound, of which the ingredients are minuteness, interest, perseverance, ingenuity, audacity, nonchalance, originality, impertinence, and grin.

Source: The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower

Now, go forth and diddle.


Dark Orpheus said...

Hi LK, sorry for not mentioning it to you earlier. In case you have not picked up the May/June issue of Utne magazine - this is the Tessa Gallagher essay (it was originally published in the "Sun" - so you might have read it before) on Raymond Carver's journey to sobriety, his little joys, his poetry. It's a personal piece, but I found it beautiful.

It should still be available online:

LK said...

Thanks for the link, Dark Orpheus!

Carl V. said...

Okay then, I'll go forth!!! ;)